genetics 101

Quiz Answers: Heritability Demystified

May 16, 2012
Congratulations to Monica P., the winner of our heritability quiz! Read on for the answers and to learn more about what we can say about nature vs. nurture.
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Genetic Similarities of Mice and Men

April 20, 2012
23andMe celebrates genetic diversity but today we’d like to celebrate our genetic similarities -- to other organisms.  
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DNA Day: Educate and Celebrate

April 20, 2012
We at 23andMe have a special place in our hearts for National DNA Day, and we’re teaming up with the Khan Academy to celebrate!
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Ancestral Traits

April 17, 2012
Just as jazz greats Harry Connick Jr. and Brandon Marsalis wondered, in the first segment of the PBS series Finding Your Roots, whether they had musical ancestors, you too might wonder where you got your penchant for painting or your bright blue eyes. Perhaps that trait you share with someone in your family tree comes from a little shared DNA.
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Did You Know? Genetic Research Lags for African Americans

February 23, 2012
Although there has been a recent boom in DNA research, little is known about the connection between DNA and disease in African Americans. Since discoveries made in one population aren’t always applicable to other ancestral groups, it is important to carry out additional research. Bridging the gap in research is particularly important for diseases that affect African Americans more than the rest of the population.
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Ancestry at 23andMe: What Can You Learn?

September 16, 2010
Genetic testing is not a concept that most people encounter outside of popular TV shows and so when you hear about services such as 23andMe’s, you might be wondering what...
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DNA Day!!!

April 23, 2010
Well, maybe we should say DNA weekend.   Sunday is officially DNA day, but a lot of festivities are happening today to accommodate classroom schedules.   Check your local libraries...
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DNA Day is Coming Soon!

April 12, 2010
DNA Day was created in 2003 by concurrent (Senate and House) congressional resolution to celebrate two important milestones in the study of genetics: the 50th anniversary of the description of...
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Genetics: Looking Back and Looking Forward

April 05, 2010
The tenth anniversary of the completion of the first draft of the human genome is approaching, apparently putting a lot of scientists in the mood for reflection on the past...
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Human Prehistory 101: Out of (Eastern) Africa

September 24, 2009
Take a look at the second installment of 23andMe’s Human Prehistory 101 series.   23andMe’s creative team (led by chief illustrator Ariana Killoran) recently released “Out of (Eastern) Africa.”  ...
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